Politics, Roseman’s Birthday, and Meeting the New Property Assessor

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Politics? Could political maneuvering be the reason Republican Insurance Commissioner Julie McPeak has allowed massive yet unquestioned rate increases for several insurers blaming Tennessee’s Obamacare exchange which she called “very near collapse?” Democratic lawmakers Sen. Jeff Yarbro (21) and Rep. John Ray Clemmons (17) dispute her conclusion about the national exchanges saying legislative hearings should examine why Tennessee’s huge increases are double the national average. Sen. Yarbro urged hearings to “find what we need to do to make these exchanges stable and to make the prices less volatile for Tennessee consumers.”  Yarbro pointed to the failure of Tennessee to expand Medicaid. He said the 30 states that have expanded Medicaid have a much lower rate of premium increases than states which, like Tennessee, have failed to take action.” The two Democrats emphasized that for 85% of those purchasing insurance on the exchange the out-of-pocket expense for premiums are not going to go up next year due to federal subsidies. The money the insurance companies get will go up as will the tax dollars the federal government sends back to Tennesseans in subsidies. They said the 15% who are not covered “matter” and so does the way in which federal tax dollars are spent.

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Birthday! Phil Roseman, with his wife, authoress Jean Roseman, at his side, celebrated his 98th birthday at Bruegger’s bagelry.  Mayor Megan Barry came by for a bagel and to present Roseman with a congratulatory proclamation. U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, State Rep. John Ray Clemmons and Metro Trustee Charlie Cardwell all enjoyed the bagel breakfast and the chance to visit with the birthday boy. Former state trooper Jerry Kemp came to help coordinate the festivities. Roseman, though born a Yankee in New England, adopted the South early on as a young man in pursuit of a career. His garment factories in West Tennessee and Kentucky made jeans, jackets and military outerwear and brought much needed jobs to farming communities for many years. What is nonagenarian Roseman’s secret for longevity? Bagels, of course.

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Swearing-in: Vivian Wilhoite made history when she was sworn in as the first African American woman to hold the property assessor position in Davidson County. Mayor Megan Barry conducted the swearing-in ceremony before a capacity crowd at Sonny West Conference Center. On hand were Bishop Jerry Maynard, Sr., U.S. Rep. Jim Cooper, Rev. Enoch Fuzz, Dist. Attorney Glenn Funk and former Property Assessor Jo Ann North. Wilhoite warned in her remarks that 2017 would be a critical year for reassessment. “While some property values may be reduced or remain unchanged some property values will increase substantially on a county-wide average of up to and possibly more than 35 percent,” she said. Wilhoite promised, however, to be “purposefully proactive” in educating Davidson Countians on their property reassessment process and various avenues for appeal.
Contact Dru Smith at 615 856-8278 or drucillasmith@outlook.com.